Peter Bills: Classy O'Driscoll this team's soul
So Captain Fantastic extends the legend.
Those who thought that Brian O'Driscoll might succumb quietly to another demoralising defeat faced their moment of reckoning at Lansdowne Road. The blistering performance offered by Ireland's leader was an elegant testimony to his enduring brilliance.
And his humanity. Strip away for a moment, if you will, the try he scored that guaranteed Ireland's supremacy. Forget the one he had disallowed in the first half and overlook, if you wish, his entry into the championship record books as the highest individual try-scorer ever, surpassing the 78-year-old record of Scottish wing Ian Smith.